The people who belong to a startup are those who, after listening about it, just cannot stop themselves from joining !!
The start : After completing CA (Chartered Accountancy course by ICAI) at 21 and being among top rankers, I didn’t have to try hard to start my career. An offer from Credit Suisse as Product controller is what many just dream off. I didnt have resolute thoughts as to what I wanted, from my life. The market was so terrible that every CA just wanted to land up in a job. I accepted the offer without much rational thought. Investment banking is a very fancy word, I often heard while studying. I thought I will make trucks of money and retire in some 5 years. The reality however was different!!
First six months at Credit Suisse were the coolest, as I experienced global exposure, foreign trip and travails of an MNC. Life was uncomfortably normal. I was working five days a week and hanging out on weekends. An year just flew by. I started thinking while looking back.
It’s their shot to be a part of something possibly awesome or it may be a one big dream they call Inception. On one crazy afternoon I met Arun Purohit CEO of Simplibuy Technologies . The company has built a product called www.wicfy.com . Talking to him, I got amazed at his risk taking attitude and the struggles he relishes to pursue his passion. I realized, there is nothing to lose at an age of 23 years in trying to dream something big. Is it feasible, practical and wise for me to jump the boat and take a new journey. I kept ruminating on the paths which stare me into the face A blue pill to continue with the convention and a red pill to try and live an extraordinary life.
What milestone did I achieve?
I found no answer. I then thought, may be spiritual side is missing in life. So I started working on weekends with NGOs . This kept me occupied and I thought I was understanding myself better. I still was grappling with a strange thought – “Whats missing in my life ? ”
I did the unthinkable. I quit my job at Credit Suisse and joined this startup for the right reason (i.e. to learn). I remember it was a tough call for me, many a times I used to get lost and felt myself crazy Trust me this was the first time in 1.5 years I felt liberated and independent in my thought.
How does it feel ?
Since then I am having a tremendous learning experience. Having a first hand view of how a startup grows is real joy. The only thing I now want to be is an entrepreneur. This kind of experience is invaluable to launch your own startup; Simplibuy even encourages you to do the same.
A startup will expect you to get rolling from day1. You must be reasonably good at atleast 1 thing and pick up the rest on the job. As my core competence is finance, that came to me as a direct responsibility. The more challenging part however is the role of a strategist. Yes, I am thrilled with the role of a content strategist at Wicfy. This is what will stretch the neurons of a chess player like me to the max. Keep following this post to see how the journey unfolds
( Abhinay Somani is CA who has joined Wicfy as a Financial Controller and Content strategist. In his spare time he plays chess and enables people to Vote for better India a project by NGO – Volunteer for a better India )